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  • US to boost agents in Mexico after murder

    03/13/2011 11:32:44 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will double the number of its agents deployed in Mexico and examine new security measures in the wake of the killing of one of its officers, director John Morton said Friday. "We're going to go from 20 people to 40 people" in Mexico, Morton told members of Congress in a hearing on his agency's budget for the upcoming fiscal year. "It will be by far our largest office." The comments come less than a month after ICE agent Jaime Zapata, 32, was killed and a second ICE agent wounded while driving...
  • Mexican truck deal close to final agreement

    03/11/2011 8:14:47 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 22 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | March 10, 2011, 10:15PM | RICHARD S. DUNHAM
    WASHINGTON — The final agreement to end a 2-year-old trucking dispute between the U.S. and Mexico "should be weeks, if not days" away, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Thursday. At a lunch meeting with reporters, the highest-ranking Texan in the Obama administration said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Mexican Transportation Minister Humberto Treviño are close to signing the deal that will end an impasse that has cost American businesses about $5 billion in retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico. "This could not have been better news and it could not have happened soon enough" for Texas and California agriculture...
  • Utah's new immigration law will make things worse

    03/11/2011 5:05:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    StandardNet ^ | March 11, 2011 | Chris Crowder
    UNEDITED) Utah's Grand Old Party (the GOP) took one right out of President Obama's playbook this session when they passed a new Illegal Immigration bill, which I call Utah's Obama-gration law. Now from the beginning, let me set one thing straight. ObamaCare has some really good ideas in it, ideas that everyone would agree on. And the same goes for Utah's new Obama-gration law, HB116. It has some good things in it that everyone agrees on. But that is not the issue. The issue is the "little bitty part" that is Unconstitutional. You see individual States do not have the...
  • Mexico demands answers on guns moving into hands of drug cartels

    03/10/2011 6:55:26 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies
    The Gazette ^ | March 10, 2011 | Kim Murphy and Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
    MEXICO CITY — Lawmakers in Mexico are demanding an investigation into a U.S. law enforcement operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to flow into the hands of Mexican drug cartels amid claims from a ranking legislator that at least 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by guns trafficked by smugglers under the watch of U.S. agents. U.S. authorities say manpower shortages and the high number of weapons sold resulted in their losing track of hundreds of guns, from pistols to .50-caliber sniper rifles, though a federal agent deeply involved in the Phoenix-based operation said it was "impossible" that U.S....
  • Illegal immigrant flees local accident, then hits woman

    03/10/2011 3:46:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    North Florida Herald ^ | March 10, 2011 | North Florida Herald
    ALACHUA -- A man wanted by federal immigration enforcement is being held at the Alachua County Jail on a number of charges, including battery and child abuse, after a hit-and-run in Alachua. On March 5, Persiliano Garcia, 20, of Mexico, ran into the back of a woman's sedan, according to an Alachua Police Department report. When the woman, Sherell Hope of Alachua, got out of her car, Garcia backed up his white Honda sedan, hitting Hope in the leg, and drove away. Police caught up to him on County Road 235, and a record check revealed Garcia was using a...
  • 17 booked in Mexico drug investigation

    03/10/2011 8:10:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2011 | Brownsville Herald
    Mexican federal police detained Mario Jimenez Perez, also known as “El Mayito,” a Zeta drug cartel member who has been linked to the slaying of ICE Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata. Mexico’s Ministry for Public Security issued a statement Wednesday announcing that Jimenez Perez was taken into custody Saturday in San Luis Potosi, along with 16 other members of the Zeta criminal organization. Mexican authorities said Jimenez Perez is in charge of finances for the Zetas. However, the statement does not specify his role in the attack. Zapata, a special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and fellow...
  • Homeland chief: U.S. will extradite suspects in ICE agent killing

    03/03/2011 12:35:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | March 3, 2011 | STEWART POWELL
    In testimony today before the House Committee on Homeland Security, the head of the sprawling agency that protects the nation at home announced that the Obama administration will ask Mexico to turn over the suspected killers of ICE agent Jaime Zapata to face trial in an American court.
  • Immigration conference this week at UTSA

    03/02/2011 8:29:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Jason Buch
    In an effort to counter the broad brush strokes that dominate discussions of immigration, the University of Texas at San Antonio is hosting a two-day seminar that will take a more nuanced look at the issue, said Harriett Romo, director of the school's Mexico Center. Today and Friday at UTSA's downtown campus, the Bilateral Perspectives on Mexican Migration Conference will feature panelists from the U.S. and Mexico trying to show the impact immigration has on both countries and on immigrants themselves, Romo said. Demographers, sociologists, economists and others will delve into the issue, including aspects such as health on the...
  • Mexican Prez’s Ex-Guard Sold Military Weapons to Drug Cartels

    02/24/2011 6:48:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 23 February, 2011 | Robert Farago
    “A Mexican officer assigned to guard President Felipe Calderón was accused of leaking information to drug cartels in exchange for bribes, training hit men through a private security firm, and supplying military weapons to groups like the Zetas, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable.” The information comes to us via elpasotimes.com. As I’ve said before, Los Zetas and their main competitors are NOT buying their weapons in dribs and drabs from Bob’s Gun Stores in Los Estados Unidos. To even suggest such a thing is the height of absurdity. No wait: it’s official U.S. government policy, courtesy of the Gunwalking...
  • Death in the Desert: Project Gunwalker and the ATF Cover-Up

    02/04/2011 10:37:04 AM PST · by tldavis · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/4/2011 | T.L. Davis
    On December 14, 2010, a firefight erupted in the Arizona desert. When the smoke had cleared, Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was dead, and the seeds of a scandal had been sown. Some of the rank and file of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), often referred to as the ATF, began to grow concerned that a new development in Project Gunrunner probably had resulted in the death of Agent Terry.
  • Tequila's Dirty Secret: It’s Causing a Major Environmental Problem in Mexico

    02/03/2011 11:04:21 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 59 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 02, 2011 | Fox News Latino
    Two years ago, when Los Angeles businessman Alejandro Viecco visited the agave-fields surrounding the Mexican town of Tequila—where the eponymous liquor is made—he made a startling discovery. The process of making tequila, it turns out, can be as messy, smelly and disgusting as the aftermath of drinking too much of it. “When you go to [the town of] Tequila, there’s this beautiful fresh spring water coming through the lava rock,” he says. “Then not that far away you have this waste that’s being dumped. It has hot alcohol content and it’s destroying everything in its path. If you looked at...
  • Boy hitman's mother pleads not guilty to immigration charge (S.D., CA)

    01/07/2011 1:23:15 PM PST · by devane617 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/07/2011
    The mother of a 14-year-old hitman who confessed to severing heads for a brutal Mexican drug cartel pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge that she was in the United States illegally, according to news reports. Yolanda Jimenez Lugo, 43, and her husband, Gabriel Aguirre Manuel, 46, pleaded not guilty to charges in federal court in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported.
  • Greece follows U.S. example by building giant border wall to keep out illegal immigrants

    01/04/2011 9:08:29 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 4th January 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The Greek government has unveiled plans to construct a wall along its 128-mile land border with Turkey in order to tackle the influx of illegal immigrants. Interior minister Christian Papoutsis said the wall was a necessary measure after more than 100,000 people illegally entered the Mediterranean nation last year. But the plans - which have compared with the 650-mile barrier along sections of the border between the U.S. and Mexico - have been criticised by the European Commission as a 'short-term measure' that does not deal with the root of the problem. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343885/Greece-follows-U-S-example-building-giant-border-wall-illegal-immigrants.html#ixzz1A5Sq0itZ
  • New Underground System Monitors US-Mexican Border

    12/24/2010 8:17:55 AM PST · by epithermal · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery ^ | Dec 21, 2010 | David Teegham
    A new invisible border-monitoring system could radically alter how the United States secures the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Known as Helios, the new border-monitoring system uses laser pulses transmitted through fiber-optic cables in the ground to detect movement on the surface: specifically, illegal immigrants. A Tucson, Ariz.-based company called Zonge recently installed a Helios test system in the desert outside Tucson. The small vibrations caused by a moving object on the surface above hit the fiber-optic cables buried in the ground, slightly distorting them. The distortion creates a "unique signature change in the laser pulses," according to The Engineer. That...
  • U.S. guns tied to crime south of border

    12/13/2010 12:24:34 PM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 24 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12-13-10 | James Grimaldi
    No other state has produced more guns seized by police in the brutal Mexican drug wars than Texas. In the Lone Star State, no other city has more guns linked to Mexican crime scenes than Houston. And in the Texas oil town, no single independent dealer stands out more for selling guns traced from south of the border than Bill Carter. No other state has produced more guns seized by police in the brutal Mexican drug wars than Texas. In the Lone Star State, no other city has more guns linked to Mexican crime scenes than Houston. And in the...
  • Major Twin Cities Drug Operation Involves Mexican Cartel

    10/19/2010 8:29:52 AM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10/19/10
    The search warrant says one suspect name Gustavo Contreras is a member of "La Familia" and he is a "multi-pound methamphetamine and multi-kilo narcotics trafficker in the Minneapolis area." The Mexican drug cartel is known for its extreme brutality along the U.S. border. Federal agents say Contreras was stopped once with "$218,000" in his car "hidden in a fake compartment in his car." The warrant obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS indicates investigators believe Amigos Auto Center and Sales on St. Paul's east side is connected to Contreras. The warrant says there is evidence to suggest Amigos Auto Sales modified cars...
  • Texas: Investigator of Reported Border Lake Shooting Is Killed

    10/12/2010 8:47:08 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 64 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 12, 2010
    Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez of Zapata County, Tex., said Tuesday that the head of Rolando Flores, a Mexican police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American on a border lake plagued by pirates, was found in a suitcase outside a Mexican Army base. Sheriff Gonzalez said “reliable sources within the law enforcement community of Mexico” told him that Mr. Flores’s head was discovered Tuesday morning.
  • ATF: New accord with Mexico will boost gun traces

    MEXICO CITY – U.S. and Mexican officials are just now fully employing a gun-tracing program touted as a key deterrent to weapons-smuggling, nearly three years after it was first announced in Mexico and weeks after an inspector general's preliminary report called it underused and unsuccessful. Not enough Mexican investigators had been trained on or had access to the electronic database designed to trace illegally seized weapons to origins in the U.S., a top official at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday. "It doesn't mean the system is not working. It's not working as well as it can,"...
  • Mickey Mouse to celebrate Mexican bicentennial

    09/17/2010 12:31:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | September 17, 2010 | THERESA CISNEROS
    SANTA ANA – More than 200,000 revelers are expected to descend on Santa Ana this weekend for Fiestas Patrias activities marking the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. Organizers say this year's celebration has been kicked up a notch in honor of the milestones. A 15-day film festival, for example, was added, and the Disneyland Resort is a new sponsor. On Sunday afternoon, a parade lead by Mayor Miguel Pulido and Mexican Consul Alejandra García Williams will travel south on Main Street. Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also slated to appear...
  • Activists Blast Mexico’s Immigration Law

    05/26/2010 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies · 247+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | May 26,2010 | annem040359
    The same country, Mexico, which has NO PROBLEMS, blasting a USA state’s right to protect itself, (Arizona), has itself, very harsh laws towards illegals who come into Mexico. Mexico, which like AZ, has the police checking for people who are in the country illegally, check to see if they have the proper papers. When they do not, the Mexican police are harsh to the illegals that come into that country while acting like the hypocrites it is in regards to when Americans get angry with the loose southern border.
  • New Mexico statue brought by conquistadors still inspires Catholics

    11/04/2007 4:23:00 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 68+ views
    The Pilot ^ | October 26, 2007 | Noel Fletcher
    SANTA FE, N.M. (CNS) -- Little did the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscans who came to what is now New Mexico in 1625 realize that the same wooden statue of Mary they brought with them to help instill the Catholic faith would still be a symbol of love and devotion today. Originally called the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the statue is little more than 3 feet high, made of wood and hollow in the middle -- so it might fit atop a staff when displayed on horseback -- but it continues to inspire the faithful as La Conquistadora. Her...
  • Scientists certify Our Lady of Guadalupe tilma

    06/17/2007 2:37:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies · 14,993+ views
    Western Catholic Reporter ^ | June 18, 2007 | By RAMON GONZALEZ
    In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Mexican peasant Juan Diego. To prove to all that the apparitions were real, the Virgin imprinted an image of herself on Juan Diego's tilma, a thin cloth made of cactus fibres. This type of tilma normally decays in 30 to 40 years. But Juan Diego's tilma is still miraculously intact and the same as it was when he wore it. Over the centuries, many have expressed doubts about the divinity of the image, but Prof. Victor Campa Mendoza has no doubt whatsoever. "This is not a human act but an act of God,"...
  • Not All Drug Dealers Are Created Equal

    02/02/2006 5:05:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 1,582+ views
    The Loft ^ | February 1, 2006 | Chuck Muth
    Bernabe Rivas of Carson City, Nevada, was busted for trafficking in methamphetamine, reports the Nevada Appeal. A felony. But rather than prosecute the illegal drug dealer on the felony charge, District Judge Bill Maddox sent him to drug court…over the objections of the drug court committee which reviews and approves such cases. By having his case heard in drug court, Rivas avoids the possibility of being convicted of a felony. Instead, he simply has to take frequent drug tests, keep a job and not get busted again for the next two years. Now here’s the kicker… The reason Judge Maddox...
  • New strategic missile

    09/23/2005 11:43:20 AM PDT · by JZelle · 45 replies · 1,269+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-23-05 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    The Air Force is reviewing plans to modernize the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile force, now made up of 500 single-warhead Minuteman IIIs, including plans for a new ICBM. A report on the effort includes options for extending the life of the aging Minuteman III force through 2020, and building a new missile system as a replacement, said Air Force Gen. Lance Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command who took part in a study of the options for the ground-based ICBM force. A ceremony was held Monday to mark the deactivation of the last of 50 Peacekeeper 10-warhead ICBMs in...
  • SUSPECT IN STONING OF BORDER AGENT HAD BEEN IN JAIL

    03/01/2003 6:51:08 AM PST · by madfly · 21 replies · 215+ views
    The Tucson Citizen ^ | Mar. 1, 2003 | Gabriela Rico
    <p>One of the suspects in the slaying of a Border Patrol agent stoned to death in Mexico this week had been released from jail Monday after serving 108 days on a drug smuggling charge.</p> <p>Jose Arturo Arreola Lopez, 17, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana for sale and was sentenced to time served and three years of unsupervised probation by Judge Stephen M. Desens of Cochise County Superior Court.</p>